Katie Keith has been to Shawnee, Okla. numerous times.
However, the breakaway roper from Tolar High School will be competing in the city in a different capacity for the first time.
She will join friends Jeb Bennett, a bull rider from Tolar, and Lipan team roper Trevor Hedeman in the International Youth Finals Rodeo starting Sunday and running through July 13.
Also, Lipan’s Tallen Halliday will be competing in goat tying in the Texas FFA Rodeo Monday and Tuesday in Alvarado.
Continuing a busy month for local high school rodeo athletes, Hunter Hightower goes for a third consecutive national title in cutting at the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo. July 14-20.
“I’ve always heard it’s fun going (to the IYFR). I’m so excited,” said Keith.
“I had a big calf roping event in Shawnee on May 28 and made it to the short round. Even though I’ve never competed in this rodeo, I’m comfortable with the area, which is good.”
Keith is coming off a 23rd-place finish in the Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals in Abilene. Her best time in the two rounds was 3.79 seconds.
“It is truly a tricky event. A lot depends on the calf you draw,” she said. “That’s out of your hands.”
Hedeman and his partner advanced to the short-go in Abilene, but did not make into the top four for nationals.
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